By Contributor | WYFF4.com
GREENVILLE, S.C. —An event hosted by an avant-garde Greenville restaurant in support of food trucks is expected to draw hundreds of people and will feature guests chefs from out of state.
The Owl restaurant on Wade Hampton is hosting what they describe as the “peaceful protest against the new food truck regulations.” The event was planned after the Greenville City Council made public plans to prevent food trucks from parking within 250 feet of existing restaurants, essentially banning them from the downtown Central Business District.
The event has picked up momentum since The Owl posted an open invitation on Facebook. By Tuesday afternoon, nearly 300 people had posted that they plan to attend.
The Neue Southern and Asada trucks will be at The Owl at 728 Wade Hampton Blvd. from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Elliott Moss, chef at The Admiral in As heville, N.C., and Nate Allen, chef at Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine, NC., will be in The Owl’s kitchen with co-executive chefs Aaron Manter and Joey Fazio the night of the event.
The Owl will be selling from inside, but owners say “everything will be in our recyclable clamshell to-go containers and solo cups to encourage everyone to mingle. The one stipulation is liquor cocktails — those have to be consumed in the building by law.”
Those organizing the rally say the new food truck regulations are too restrictive and that no one currently involved with the trucks was asked for input or comments.
As things stand, Greenville Mayor Pro Tem David Sudduth says the city staff will share the proposed food truck regulations “with restaurant owners (particularly downtown), and then an ordinance would be considered by council requiring two readings,” so time for input from the community is running out.
For more information about The Owl, call 864-252-7015, or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.